Breastfeeding Mini Sessions {Central, Pa}

When I was thinking about doing these minis and setting up photos for an advertisement, I really went back and forth between running a model call for a breastfeeding mama or if I should ask my friend and fellow photographer, Megan from Megan Elisabeth Photography to take pictures of me with my daughter Olivia.  Don’t get me wrong,  I have no problem having these sort of photos for myself.  But plastering them all over Facebook for all to see?? Not really me.  But, in the end I decided to go ahead and do it.  I decided that If I was going to ask my client’s to openly breastfeed while we photograph them, I could most definitely post these photos that she captured of me and my daughter… which are gorgeous, by the way! 😉

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When I breastfed my first, Genesis, I was so incredibly nervous with feeding her in public. To make matters worse, she was EXTREMELY colicky for the first 5 months…. so add on top of that the stress and anxiety of going anywhere around the time when she needed to nurse… I was a nervous wreck. I would take my cover along everywhere we went and made sure she was 100% hidden.

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Much love! ❤

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Back to School Mini Sessions {Central, Pa} Children’s Photographer

I cannot believe it is time for the kids to head back to school!  Where has the summer gone?!  I’m so excited to be offering Back to School Minis this year!  This can be for kids any age, but seriously, how adorable is this for the kids going to preschool or kindergarten!  ❤ These minis are coming up soon so email me as soon as possible to get on the schedule!  (More mini info at the bottom of this post.)

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Smith Sneak Peek {Mifflintown, Pa} Family Photographer

I had so much fun last night photographing this beautiful family!  And seriously, the kids did AMAZING!  We were done within 40 minutes… seriously insane!  🙂

Mom and I had been keeping an eye on the orchard, patiently waiting for the flowers to bloom.  And we actually had to reschedule their session due to a surprise rash on Slone’s face.   Always seems to be something before pictures, am I right?! I’m so glad we rescheduled because the orchard was beautiful!!!

Enjoy the sneak peek below!  (And if you are interested in a quick session while the flowers are still blooming, I’ve included info on the minis I am having at the end of this blog post!)

 

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A little Valentine’s Day lesson… {Mifflintown, Pa} Children’s Photographer

You learn something with every session you photograph… whether it’s a new trick to make kids smile… a new, awesome location to shoot at… you even learn what not to do sometimes as well…

While attempting to photograph my daughter’s Valentine’s pictures (which I wasn’t holding my breath about anyway) I learned that I’m not above bribery.  Yes, I’ve had sessions where bribery has been involved.  A special trip to Mcd’s after a session, candy… TOYS!  But I’ve never used bribery for a session with my daughter….

The question is… WHY HAVE I NOT?!?!  I told her to sit… AND SHE DID!!!  I told her to say “CHEESE” (Which she never does) and she said, “CHEEEEEE!!!!”

A little background info… my daughter is extremely strong willed… If you tell her not to do something, she is going to do it…  simply because you told her not to.   If you tell her to look at the camera, she won’t.  In fact, she is so over photos that as soon as she sees the camera she looks down, turns around, or runs away.  Ohhh… the stories I could tell you about my sweet daughter, Genesis and her strong willed temperament… So, as I said, I was not holding my breath for her to cooperate for these pictures.

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Mommy & Me Mini Sessions {Mifflintown, Pa}

Back in April I posted about wanting to do Mommy & Me Mini Sessions.  I really feel that it is important, regardless of our physical insecurities, that we take the time to step out in front of the camera with our children.  (You can read my full post here.)  We had our Mommy & Me minis last month and it was a huge success!  Thank you to everyone who came out (we even had a couple of dads who wanted to join in!)

Enjoy ❤ ❤

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